Commissioni pass-through ADR

Si ricorda ai titolari dei conti in possesso di posizioni in Ricevute di deposito americane (ADR) che tali titoli sono soggetti a commissioni periodiche finalizzate al risarcimento delle banche agenti che forniscono i servizi di custodia per conto delle ADR.  Di norma tali servizi comprendono l'inventario dei titoli non americani sottostanti le ADR e l'espletamento delle procedure di registrazione, conformità e conservazione documentale.

Storicamente le banche agenti erano unicamente in grado di riscuotere le commissioni di custodia sottraendole dai dividendi delle ADR.  Tuttavia, siccome molte ADR non pagano i dividendi regolarmente, tali banche non sono state più in grado di ricuotere le relative commissioni. Di conseguenza, nel 2009 SEC ha autorizzato la Depository Trust Company (DTC) alla riscossione delle commissioni di custodia delle ADR che non pagavano i dividendi periodici per conto delle banche.  La DTC riscuote tali commissioni tramite i propri broker partecipanti (per esempio IB) che detengono ADR per conto dei propri clienti.  Tali commissioni sono definite pass-through (di passaggio) in quanto destinate a essere riscosse dai clienti tramite i propri broker di riferimento.

Qualora si detengano posizioni in ADR eroganti dividendi, tali commissioni verranno dedotte dal dividendo stesso, così come accadeva in passato.  Nel caso, invece, in cui si detengano posizioni in ADR prive di dividendi, le commissioni pass-through verranno riscosse dal rendiconto mensile alla data di registrazione in cui è stato dichiarato.  Così come avviene nel caso della riscossione dei dividendi in contanti, allo stesso modo IB procede alll'allocazione delle commissioni ADR previste tramite la sezione Incrementi e rendiconti. L'addebito delle commissioni è visibile nella sezione Versamenti e prelievi del rendiconto sotto la denominazione "Modifiche - altro" insieme al simbolo della rispettiva ADR cui la commissione è associata.

Se quello delle commissioni pass-through è di norma compreso tra gli 0.01 e gli 0.03 USD per titolo, gli altri importi potrebbero variare in base alle differenti ADR e, per maggiori informazioni, si consiglia di fare riferimento al proprio prospetto di riferimento.  È possibile ricercare il prospetto online tramite lo strumento EDGAR Company Search di SEC.

Monitoraggio Commissione di esposizione mediante Finestra conto

La Finestra conto fornisce informazioni generali che permettono il monitoraggio del proprio conto in tempo reale. Tali informazioni comprendono i saldi principali quali, per esempio, l'ammontare del capitale proprio e della liquidità, la composizione del portafoglio e i saldi di margine per la verifica della conformità ai requisiti e del potere d'acquisto disponibile.  Da questa schermata si ottengono anche informazioni relative all'ultima commissione di esposizione addebitata e una stima della commissione successiva sulla base delle posizioni esistenti.

È possibile aprire la Finestra conto mediante: 
• la postazione TWS classica, cliccando sull'icona Conto o selezionando Finestra conto dalla voce Conto del menu (Figura 1)
 

Figura 1

 

• la postazione TWS Mosaic, cliccando sulla voce Conto del menu e poi selezionando Finestra conto (Figura 2)

Figura 2

 

Dopo l'apertura della schermata è necessario scorrere verso il basso fino alla voce Requisiti di margine e poi cliccare sul segno + nell'angolo in alto a destra per espandere la sezione.  Le commissioni di esposizione, denominate rispettivamente "ultima" e "prossima attesa", sono ivi dettagliate per ogni categoria di prodotto cui si applicano (es. azioni, petrolio).  Si prega di notare che il saldo indicato alla voce "ultima" rappresenta la commissione aggiornata all'ultima data in cui è stata addebitata (si ricorda che le commissioni sono computerizzate in base alle posizioni in essere alla data di chiusura e addebitate di lì a breve).  Il saldo "prossimo atteso" rappresenta la commissione attesa alla data di chiusura in essere sulla base dell'attività della posizione rispetto al calcolo precedente (Figura 3).

Figura 3

 

In caso di sezione nascosta è possibile modificare la visualizzazione predefinita facendo un segno di spunta nella casellina a fianco di un elemento affinché tale elemento sia sempre visualizzato.

 

Si veda l'articolo KB2275 per informazioni sull'utilizzo di Risk Navigator relative alla gestione e alla stima della Commissione di esposizione e il KB2276 per verificare la Commissione di esposizione attraverso la schermata Anteprima ordine.

Anteprima ordine - Controllo impatto commissione di esposizione

IB permette ai titolari del conto di verificare l'eventuale impatto di un ordine sulla Commissione di esposizione attesa mediante una funzionalità pensata per un utilizzo prima dell'inoltro dell'ordine. Tale funzionalità fornisce un preavviso di commissione grazie al quale è possibile modificare l'ordine prima della sua trasmissione e diminuire o annullare la commissione stessa.

Per attivare questa funzionalità è necessario cliccare con il pulsante destro del mouse sulla riga dell'ordine, dopodiché si aprirà la finestra Anteprima ordine contenente un link denominato "Controllo impatto commissione di esposizione" (si veda il riquadro evidenziato in rosso nella Figura I qui di seguito).

 Figura I

 

Cliccando sul link si aprirà una finestra raffigurante l'eventuale Commissione di esposizione associata alle posizioni esistenti, la variazione della commissione in caso di ordine processato e la commissione totale risultante una volta processato l'ordine (si veda il riquadro evidenziato in rosso nella Figura II qui di seguito).  I saldi sono suddivisi ulteriormente per categoria di prodotto alla quale le commissioni si applicano (es. azioni, petrolio). I titolari del conto possono chiudere la finestra senza inoltrare l'ordine qualora ritengano l'impatto della commissione eccessivo.

Figura II

 

Si veda l'articolo KB2275 per informazioni sull'utilizzo di Risk Navigator relative alla gestione e alla stima della Commissione di esposizione e il KB2344 per il monitoraggio delle commissioni mediante la Finestra conto

Utilizzo di Risk Navigator per la stima delle commissioni di esposizione

Lo strumento Risk Navigator di IB prevede una funzionalità di scenario personalizzato per poter determinare l'eventuale effetto delle variazioni del proprio portafoglio sulla commissione di esposizione.   Di seguito sono elencati i passaggi per creare un portafoglio “What–If”, o mediante variazioni ipotetiche a un portafoglio esistente o tramite un portafoglio completamente nuovo, e calcolarne la commissione.   Si ricorda che questa funzionalità è disponibile tramite TWS 951 e versioni successive.

Punto 1: apertura di un nuovo portafoglio “What-if”
Dalla piattaforma di trading TWS classica selezionare le opzioni del menu Strumenti di analisi, Risk Navigator e Apri nuovo What-If (Figura 1).
 
Figura 1

 

Punto 2: scelta del portafoglio iniziale
Apparirà una finestra pop-up (Figura 2) che richiede di indicare se si desidera creare un portafoglio ipotetico a partire dal proprio portafoglio esistente oppure crearne uno nuovo.  Cliccando sul pulsante "Sì" è possibile scaricare le posizioni esistenti nel nuovo portafoglio “What-If”.
 
Figura 2

 
Cliccando sul pulsante "No" si aprirà il portafoglio “What – If” privo di posizioni (Figura 3).  Selezionare la voce associata alla categoria del prodotto per cui si desidera creare posizioni ipotetiche (es. Capitale proprio).
  
Exhibit 3
 
 
 
Punto 3: aggiunta di nuove posizioni
Per aggiungere posizioni al portafoglio "What - If" è necessario cliccare sulla cella verde denominata "Nuova" e premere il simbolo sottostante (Figura 4), scegliere la categoria di prodotto (Figura 5) e inserire la quantità della posizione (Figura 6)
 
Figura 4
 
 
Figura 5
 
 
Figura 6
 
 
Punto 4: calcolo della commissione di esposizione
Per visualizzare la commissione di esposizione attesa in base al proprio portafoglio “What-If” è necessario cliccare sulle opzioni del menu Report e Commissione di esposizione (Figura 7).  Apparirà una finestra pop-up raffigurante la commissione di esposizione attesa suddivisa per categoria di prodotto (Figura 8).
 
Figura 7
 
 
Figura 8

 

 

Si veda l'articolo KB2344 per informazioni sul monitoraggio della commissione di esposizione mediante la Finestra conto e il KB2276 per verificare la commissione di esposizione attraverso la schermata Anteprima ordine.

Exposure Fee Monitoring via Account Window

The Account Window provides the high-level information suitable for monitoring one's account on a real-time basis. This includes key balances such as total equity and cash, the portfolio composition and margin balances for determining compliance with requirements and available buying power.  This window also includes information relating to the most recently assessed exposure fee and a projection of the next fee taking into consideration current positions.

To open the Account Window: 
• From TWS classic workspace, click on the Account icon, or from the Account menu select Account Window (Exhibit 1)
 

Exhibit 1

 

• From TWS Mosaic workspace, click on Account from the menu, and then select Account Window (Exhibit 2)

Exhibit 2

 

After opening the window, scroll down to the Margin Requirements section and click on the + sign in the upper-right hand corner to expand the section.  There, the "Last" and "Estimated Next" exposure fees will be detailed for each of the product classifications to which the fee applies (e.g., Equity, Oil).  Note that the "Last" balance represents the fee as of the date last assessed (note that fees are computed based upon open positions held as of the close of business and assessed shortly thereafter).  The "Estimated Next" balance represents the projected fee as of the current day's close taking into account position activity since the prior calculation (Exhibit 3).

Exhibit 3

 

To set the default view when the section is collapsed, click on the checkbox alongside any line item and those line items will remain displayed at all times.

 

Please see KB2275 for information regarding the use of IB's Risk Navigator for managing and projecting the Exposure Fee and KB2276 for verifying exposure fee through the Order Preview screen.

 

Important Notes

1. The Estimated Next Exposure Fee is a projection based upon readily available information.  As the fee calculation is based upon information (e.g., prices and implied volatility factors) available only after the close, the actual fee may differ from that of the projection.

2. Exposure Fee Monitoring via the Account window is only available for accounts that have been charged an exposure fee in the last 30 days

Order Preview - Check Exposure Fee Impact

IB provides a feature which allows account holders to check what impact, if any, an order will have upon the projected Exposure Fee. The feature is intended to be used prior to submitting the order to provide advance notice as to the fee and allow for changes to be made to the order prior to submission in order to minimize or eliminate the fee.

The feature is enabled by right-clicking on the order line at which point the Order Preview window will open. This window will contain a link titled "Check Exposure Fee Impact" (see red highlighted box in Exhibit I below).

Exhibit I

 

Clicking the link will expand the window and display the Exposure fee, if any, associated with the current positions, the change in the fee were the order to be executed, and the total resultant fee upon order execution (see red highlighted box in Exhibit II below).  These balances are further broken down by the product classification to which the fee applies (e.g. Equity, Oil). Account holders may simply close the window without transmitting the order if the fee impact is determined to be excessive.

Exhibit II

 

Please see KB2275 for information regarding the use of IB's Risk Navigator for managing and projecting the Exposure Fee and KB2344 for monitoring fees through the Account Window

 

Important Notes

1. The Estimated Next Exposure Fee is a projection based upon readily available information.  As the fee calculation is based upon information (e.g., prices and implied volatility factors) available only after the close, the actual fee may differ from that of the projection.

2. The Check Exposure Fee Impact is only available for accounts that have been charged an exposure fee in the last 30 days

Using Risk Navigator to Project Exposure Fees

Overview: 

IB's Risk Navigator provides a custom scenario feature which allows one to determine what effect, if any, changes to their portfolio will have to the Exposure fee. Outlined below are the steps for creating a what-ifportfolio through assumed changes to an existing portfolio or through an entirely new proposed portfolio along with determining the resultant fee.   Note that this feature is available through TWS build 971.0i and above.

Step 1: Open a new “What-if” portfolio
 
From the Classic TWS trading platform, select the Analytical Tools, Risk Navigator, and then Open New What-If menu options (Exhibit 1).
 
Exhibit 1
 
 
From the Mosaic TWS trading platform, select the New Window, Select Risk Navigator, and then Open New What-If menu options.
 
Step 2: Define starting portfolio
 
A pop-up window will appear (Exhibit 2) from which you will be prompted to define whether you would like to create a hypothetical portfolio starting from your current portfolio or a newly created portfolio.  Clicking on the "yes" button will serve to download existing positions to the new “What-If” portfolio.
 
Exhibit 2
 
Clicking on the "No" button will open up the “What-If” Portfolio with no positions. 
 
Step 3: Add Positions
 
To add a position to the what-ifportfolio, click on the green row titled "New" and then enter the underlying symbol (Exhibit 3), define the product type (Exhibit 4) and enter position quantity (Exhibit 5).
 
Exhibit 3
 
 
Exhibit 4
 
 
Exhibit 5
 
 
You can modify the positions to see how that changes the margin.  After you altered your positions you will need to click on the recalculate icon () to the right of the margin numbers in order to have them update.  Whenever that icon is present the margin numbers are not up-to-date with the content of the what-ifPortfolio.
 
Step 4: Determine Exposure Fee
 
To view the projected correlated exposure fee based upon your what-ifportfolio, click on the Report and then Exposure Fee menu options (Exhibit 6).  Once selected, a new Exposure Fee tab will be added, which will display the projected exposure fee broken down by primary risk factors (Exhibit 7).
 
Exhibit 6
 
 
Exhibit 7
 
You can modify the positions to see how that changes the Exposure Fee.  After you altered your positions you will need to click on the refresh button to the right of the Last Calculation Time.  Whenever the warning icon () is present the Exposure Fee Calculations numbers are not up-to-date with the content of the what-ifPortfolio. 
 

Please see KB2344 for information on monitoring the Exposure fee through the Account Window and KB2276 for verifying exposure fee through the Order Preview screen.

Important Note

1. The on-demand Exposure Fee check represents a projection based upon readily available information.  As the fee calculation is based upon information (e.g., prices and implied volatility factors) available only after the close, the actual fee may differ from that of the projection.

Overview of Dodd-Frank

Background
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly referred to as Dodd-Frank, is a U.S. law enacted in July of 2010, the purpose of which is to prevent the recurrence of events which lead to the 2008 financial crisis. Its principal goals are to:

- Promote U.S. financial stability by improving accountability and transparency within the financial system;
- Protect taxpayers from future bailouts of institutions deemed “too big to fail”; and
- Protect consumers from financial services practices considered abusive.

For additional information, please review the following sections:
- Dodd-Frank reforms
- Dodd-Frank and your IB Account

 

 

 

 

 

Dodd-Frank Reforms
To accomplish its goals, Dodd-Frank proposed the following reforms:

- Enhanced oversight and supervision of financial institutions through the creation of Financial Stability Oversight Council
- Creation of a new agency responsible for implementing and enforcing compliance with consumer financial laws (Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection)
- Implementation of more stringent regulatory capital requirements
- Changes in the regulation of over the counter derivatives including restrictions upon access to Federal credit by swaps entities, establishment of regulatory oversight and mandatory trading and clearing requirements
- Enhanced regulation of credit rating agencies intended to eliminate exemptions from liability, enhance rating agency disclosure, establish prohibited activities and impose standards for independent Board governance
- Changes to corporate governance and executive compensation practices
- Incorporation of the Volcker Rule which imposes restrictions upon the speculative proprietary trading activities of banking entities
- Mandating studies intended to reform investor protection rules
- Changes to the securitization market including requirements that mortgage bankers retain a % of risky loans.

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Dodd-Frank and Your IB Account
Perhaps most visible to IB account holders of all the Dodd-Frank regulations are those relating to money transfers. Here, Section 1073 of the Act introduces consumer protections designed to increase transparency with respect to the costs, timing and the right to repudiate cross-border transactions.
For purpose of Section 1073, a cross-border transaction is defined as an electronic transfer of money from a consumer in the United States to a person or business in a foreign country. As IB LLC is a U.S. based broker, all its account holders regardless of whether they are domiciled in the U.S. or not, benefit from this protection and it covers withdrawals denominated in a currency other than the U.S. dollar as well as USD denominated withdrawals sent to a non-U.S. bank. Account holders submitting a withdrawal which is covered by this regulation will be provided with a disclosure after confirming the request within Account Management. This disclosure will include the following information:

- The name and address of the sender and recipient
- The amount to be deducted from the sender’s IB account
- The amount projected to be credited to the recipient’s bank account including an estimate of fees which the receiving bank's correspondent bank(s) may charge. Note that these correspondent bank fees are not set by nor is any part of them earned by IB.
- A disclaimer that additional fees and foreign taxes may apply.
- Notice of the sender’s right to cancel the transfer request for a full refund within 30 minutes of it being authorized.
- Regulatory contact information in the event of questions or complaints.

When estimating correspondent bank transfer fees, IB takes into consideration information collected from past customer transactions in addition to data made available by our agent banks. We encourage our customers to review and consider this information when making decisions regarding cross-border transactions.

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Information Regarding Italian Financial Transaction Tax on Derivatives

Overview: 

This document is designed to provide an overview of how the Italian Financial Transaction Tax (I-FTT) will be handled by Interactive Brokers for Italian derivatives.

Effective September 1, 2013, the tax will be implemented on the purchase and sale of Italian derivatives.

Tax Rate

The tax rate is dependent on the type of financial instrument traded, whether the instrument was traded OTC or on a regulated exchange or MTF and on the value of the contract. The tax is applied per contract.

Scope

The I-FTT will be applied to transactions on derivatives whose underlying assets are mainly I-FTT taxable shares or whole value depends mainly on I-FTT taxable shares. It will also be applied on any other financial instrument which allows the purchase or share of I-FTT taxable shares or involving a cash settlement determined with reference to I-FTT taxable shares.

Calculation Method

The I-FTT will be applied to both the purchaser and the seller of the derivative contract. As such, there is no benefit of netting as there is when trading stocks.

The rates as set for 2013 when trading on a regulated exchange or MTF are outlined below. Note that a transaction occurring OTC will be charged 5 times the rates displayed below. The values displayed below are in EUR.

 

 

Instrument

Value < 2,500

2,500 to 4,999 5,000 to 9,999 10,000 to 49,999 50,000 to 99,999 100,000 to 499,999 500,000 to 999,999 1,000,000 +
Futures, certificates, covered warrants, options on yields, measures or indices related to shares  0.00375  0.0075  0.015  0.075  0.15  0.75  1.5  3
Futures, warrants, certificates, covered warrants and options on shares  0.025  0.05  0.1  0.5  1  5 10  20
All other products not listed above  0.05 0.1 0.2 1  2  10  20  40

 

The information above is being provided on a best efforts basis only and is subject to change.

Security Device Replacement Charge

Account holders logging into their account via IB's Secure Login System are issued a security device, which provides an additional layer of protection to that afforded by the user name and password, and which is intended to prevent on-line hackers and other unauthorized individuals from accessing their account. While IB does not charge any fee for the use of the device, certain versions require that the account holder return the device upon account closing or incur a replacement fee.  Existing account holders are also subject to this replacement fee in the event their device is lost, stolen or damaged (note that there is no fee to replace a device returned as a result of battery failure). 

In addition, while IB does not assess a replacement fee unless a determination has been made that the device has been lost, stolen, damaged or not returned, a reserve equal to the fee will placed upon the account upon issuance of the device to secure its return.  This reserve will have no effect upon the equity of the account available for trading, but will act as limit to full withdrawals or transfers until such time the device is returned (i.e., cannot withdraw the reserve balance).

Outlined below are the replacement fee associated with each device.

SECURITY DEVICE REPLACEMENT FEE
Security Code Card $0.001
Digital Security Card    $0.002
Digital Security Card + $20.00 
Gold Device $0.002
Platinum Device $0.002

For instructions regarding the return of security devices, please see KB975

 

1 The Security Code Card is not required to be returned upon account closing and may be destroyed and discarded once remaining funds have been returned and the account has been fully closed. Access to Account Management after closure for purposes of viewing and retrieving activity statements and tax documents is maintained using solely the existing user name and password combination.

2 IB is no longer issuing a replacement for this Security Device. Account holders using this device are encouraged to log into Account Management and request a replacement device. Please see here for directions.

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